Virginia Federation of Republican Women

Business Women

Bonnie BurkhardtBonnie Burkhardt

Business: Blue Ridge Software Consulting
VFRW Chapter: Republican Women of Clifton

Brief Description of Business and Services: Blue Ridge Software Consulting provides custom software solutions to the government, specializing in digital signal processing for weapons analysis. One of our products, Bit Buster Graphics, provides an interactive graphical display and allows users to zoom and scroll through gigabytes of data. We are located in Springfield, Virginia.

Contact: 703-440-1330 or

Mary Emily Cook                                                                  Mary Emily Cook

Business: Loving Purpose
VFRW Chapter: Prince William Republican Women’s Club 

Description of Business and Services: I have a heart for Christian missions. My business, Loving Purpose, was created in order for me to have those 'extra' funds available to support the causes I care about. I market an elite line of products from the Shaklee Corporation. 

Founded in 1956, Shaklee stands as the leader in manufacturing the highest quality vitamins and supplements, weight management, skin care and personal care, and environmentally safe household cleaners.  My customers are smart about health and nutrition, passionate about a clean and safe personal environment, and committed to supporting entrepreneurship in their communities. Through our online store, we serve customers around the globe.

Contact: 571-285-3992 or

Theresa Coates EllisTheresa Coates Ellis

Business: Tackle Management, PR, Marketing
VFRW Chapter: Bull Run Republican Women

Brief Description of Business and Services:   Provides management and public relations services to local businesses and organizations in Northern Virginia. 

Contact: 571-247-6729 or

Janet Haley-Varre, Global Account Executive  Janet Haley-Varre, Global Account Executive

Business: Conference Direct
VFRW Chapter: Liberty RWC

Brief Description of Business and Services: Full detailed Social and Corporate Event Planning Services. We specialize in contract negotiation with Food, Beverage and Hotel Accommodations. Groups 20 + need only tell us where they would like to have their Convention, Workshop or Seminar and we take care of the remaining details. My job is to protect the client from the Smoking Gun Contract. Many clients are stressed with the complicated language in venue contracts and fail to get an understanding of what they are signing, or sign without understanding.

The client has complete authorization during the process making all the decisions from the options presented. This service is at NO CHARGE TO
The hotel pays us directly. We are considered a Third Party Planner and most clients are amazed that there is money allocated from the hotels to pay a Third Party Planner. This service will not increase your rates. It is the opposite you will never get rates lower than a Third Party Planner especially one with Conference Direct. We do offer additional services that are billed hourly if needed.

My clients are able to concentrate on planning the details of their events and not the logistics of the event! After the event if any problems arise I help to mitigate with the venue to work out the issues. Over charges, wrong charges, guests who had to be moved to another hotel and guests who attended and booked outside of the room block but, the company or organization wants to include that revenue.

Contact: 571-299-6852 or

Dr. Lolita Mancheno-Smoak-

Business: InnerSight®
VFRW Chapter: Republican Women of Clifton

Brief Description of Business and Services: InnerSight LLC® (InnerSight) is a personal, professional, and organizational development company with corporate offices in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our mission is to help people make better life choices and decisions by aligning them with their personal preferences and interests.

People are constantly making choices related to education, career or simply life. Youth are charting an educational path to a career, veterans are transitioning to the civilian workforce, and others are transitioning to a new career. These people often do not have a context for looking at new possibilities.

The InnerSight Experience™ provides much needed context that helps people become aware of their personal preferences and occupations in which they might be the most successful.

Armed with your personal InSights, you are prepared to explore the occupations of greatest interest to you. Knowing who you are is the first step in not being trapped in transition!

Contact: 571-292-4942 or
FaceBook: Lolita Mancheno-Smoak
Twitter - @LolitaAtLarge

Cher McCoyCher McCoy

Business: Lexington Pet Care Center and Virginia-Share-A-Pet
VFRW Chapter: Valley Republican Women

Brief Description of Business and Services: As an animal behaviorist and professional dog trainer I offer 30 years’ experience in a variety of services, specializing in Behavior Modification handling dog-dog and dog-people aggression problems, bite prevention, pet education in schools and a weekly radio program, "The Pet Education with Cher McCoy Show" in Lexington, VA using positive training methods including clicker training methodology. The goal is to provide quality education on animal behavior and training, improving practical foundation work for pets and performance dogs as well as creative solutions for undesirable behavior through behavior modification and protocols designed specifically for each client and their pet. The radio program teaches owners to strengthen the human-animal bond through positive-based dog training techniques, behavior modification as well as facts vs myths in the dog and cat fancy – all directly reflecting my mission to help animals.

Dog Training includes the following: Basic Obedience, Competition Obedience, Rally, Canine Freestyle (Dancing with your dog), Foundation agility, Canine Good Citizenship classes & testing. Lexington Pet Care Center also does workshops and seminars on various aspects of dog behavior and training.

Virginia-Share-A-Pet: As owner and founder of this organization, I provide various pets that have been trained in Therapy work to visit nursing homes and hospitals in the area.

Additionally, I write articles for dog magazines on dog behavior and training. My first book will be published this year titled, “Meet Miss Sushi - The Dancing Pug! – Pet Education for Children and Parents.

Contact: 540-463-2111 or 540-570-2111 (Cell/Text)
Email: or
Cher McCoy Also has a busines named: Pack and Mail

Contact:  540-463-2111 or 540-570-2111 (Cell/Text)
Mailing address: P.O. Box 229, 101 Lee Avenue, Lexington, VA  24450
Email: or
Website: Coming soon!
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stephanie l. ruff

Business: Morning Glory Gallery
VFRW Chapter:Severn Republican Women

Brief Description of Business and Services: Seller of local and regional art with an emphasis on custom picture framing.
We're located at 7840 Ware Neck Rd. Gloucester, VA 2 miles east of Gloucester Colonial Courthouse 1 block from Brent & Becky's Bulbs in Ware Neck.

Phone: 804 695-9598
Facebook: morning glory gallery

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